A May 2 open house at the American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, will feature open classes, studio tours, performances, faculty meet and greets, food trucks, and fun.
Former professional dancer and ballet educator Peter LeBreton Merz has been hired as the new director of the Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Guest artists from BalletX, Charlotte Ballet, Momix, Orlando Ballet, plus Fabrice Calmels of The Joffrey Ballet, and Bad Boys of Dance star Rasta Thomas, will headline a performance that benefits a youth development and arts education program that provides free performances, arts school, and summer camp programs to the Washington DC–region’s most underserved neighborhoods.
The Charlotte [NC] Ballet’s new work by choreographer Dwight Rhoden has dancers performing to a mix of Bach and Beyoncé thrown down by a live DJ on stage.
Young People’s Ballet Theatre of Flint, Michigan, is once again holding a shoe collection drive with multiple purposes: to support their mission of dance education in the Flint community, to benefit microenterprise ventures in developing nations, and to keep old shoes out of local landfills.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Austin, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, along with 23 symphony orchestras, opera companies, theaters, and other arts-based organizations, will learn how to better grow and sustain their audiences through the New York–based Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability effort.
“Like all gymnasts, I’ve done some ballet—it’s a part of our program. And people don’t realize the tremendous amount of time and work you have to put in to do the maneuvers they do. Ballerinas like Misty Copeland look so beautiful and perfect, but it takes thousands of hours of hard work to make it look that easy.”
At a gala marking the final weekend of its 45th mainstage season, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) last week announced a $20 million campaign that will expand its PBT School and its presence in the region and the dance community at large.
A shortage of costume makers (stitchers in industry speak; tutu-makers in public parlance) is causing headaches at opera and ballet companies around the world, reported Newsweek.
San Francisco Ballet and The Royal Ballet’s co-production of the gothic classic Frankenstein will be choreographed by The Royal Ballet’s artist in residence, Liam Scarlett.
Frankenstein will premiere May 4, 2016 at The Royal Ballet, with SF Ballet presenting the full-length production during its 2017 repertory season.
To the uninitiated, life at New York City Ballet may seem like a frothy confection of princes, silky pink ribbons, and countless curtain calls, all wrapped in tulle. The reality is quite different: hours of practice, day after day, year after year. Here is a brief chassé through NYCB’s world, with facts and figures presented by T, the New York Times’ style magazine:
A three-part retrospective exploring American Ballet Theatre’s contributions to American dance over the past 75 years will be shared with ballet fans across the country through a special live-streaming event this coming Sunday and Monday.
In the midst of wrapping up its fifth successful season, Ballet Nebraska is pausing to take a look back at the abrupt folding of Omaha Theater Ballet in 2010, and the subsequent rise of a new company that would keep professional ballet alive and happening in Omaha.
Maryland Youth Ballet in Silver Spring is teaching classical ballet to students with physical disabilities—including some diagnosed with disorders like cerebral palsy and Rett syndrome, which may require wheelchairs and constant care—that some would not expect to see in a dance studio.
Barre classes—which combine components of ballet, yoga, and Pilates—are the latest exercise trend, and it looks like designers have followed suit. Spring looks included some beautiful nods to dance-inspired style that can be re-created without pointe shoes and leg warmers.
Starz’s Flesh and Bone, an eight-part limited series that follows a young dancer with a distinctly troubled past as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York, will make its debut November 8, according to Deadline.
In a historic move, two African American ballet dancers performed the lead roles in The Washington Ballet’s Swan Lake last week at the Kennedy Center—the first time this has been done in a major ballet company, and challenging the idea of what principal roles in classical ballets should look like.
International Ballet Exchange’s (IBE) Ballet Building Bridges program, which introduces Philadelphia public school students to dance and the performing arts through performances of fully staged story ballets, is now preparing for May performances of Carmen.
IBE, a Philadelphia nonprofit that provides low-income students with classical ballet educational and performance opportunities, has been presenting ballets for Philadelphia School District students since its founding in 1999.
The recent influx of traditional ballet and ballet-based classes, squarely aimed at the busy corporate office worker, seems to say that pure classical ballet technique is the ultimate antidote to a high-pressure, stressful working environment, says the Guardian.
A historic hotel in the heart of Seattle, a forest outside Redmond, Seattle’s EMP Museum: all are settings for Humans of Ballet, an ambitious project that melds the beauty of the human form with interesting and beautiful places, reports King 5 News.
American Dance Institute, founded 15 years ago in Rockville, Maryland, plans to spend less time teaching dance and more time supporting dancers and presenting new work—including with a New York season next year, the organization announced Friday.
Darrell Grand Moultrie, a Brooklyn-based choreographer who has worked with Beyoncé on her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour two years ago, and with the Tony Award–winning dancer Savion Glover, is now rehearsing Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) for a new work.
The new Arabesque barre features fully welded hardware, eliminating the need for connectors and difficult assembly, and no tools are necessary to tighten the base screws. Arabesque barres come in custom lengths from 4 to 16 feet. An adjustable version of Arabesque that can be fitted to either a growing child or an adult’s height will ship later this spring.
Justin Peck, Liam Scarlett, Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon: they’re among the hottest young choreographers in ballet today. And Pennsylvania Ballet will dance their works and more next year in a blockbuster-packed season, artistic director Angel Corella told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“Panel after panel convenes to ask why there are not more dancers of color in ballet. My heart sinks every time. Where is Dance Theatre of Harlem in this conversation?” asks DTH artistic director and former professional dancer Virginia Johnson in a column in Huffington Post.
CounterPointe3, the third edition of an annual curated performance series that features 11 women choreographers making new work en pointe, will run April 10 to 12 in downtown Brooklyn’s The Actors Fund Arts Center.
With a wealthy patron who loved dance, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet was the envy of many in New York’s dance world.
But the perils of relying on a single donor became clear this month when Cedar Lake’s founder and benefactor—Nancy Laurie, a Walmart heiress—had a change of heart and announced that she would close the company after performances in June at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The National Ballet of Canada’s Hannah Fischer and Carlo Di Lanno of San Francisco Ballet were winners at The Eleventh International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize, held Tuesday night at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, according to CBC News.
David Hallberg will introduce top international ballet companies and share an insider’s perspective on the works and the institutions that have left an indelible impression on him as an artist during “David Hallberg Presents: Legacy,” to be presented in association with the Youth America Grand Prix, April 17 at 7pm at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, New York City.
Former principal ballet dancer of the Bolshoi Theater, choreography teacher, and merited artist of the Russian Federation, Galina Petrova, died in Moscow last week. She was 101, the press service of the Bolshoi Theater reported in Tass.
“We are sad to announce the closing of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet,” the company announced on its website. “It has been our honor to work with some of the best dancers and choreographers in the world and we thank all of our valued employees who helped create many inspirational productions over the years.” It was not immediately clear what led to the decision to close.
The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage hosts the world premiere screening of American Masters: American Ballet Theatre on Monday, March 23 at 6pm in the Terrace Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
American Masters: American Ballet Theatre, a feature-length documentary produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns, celebrates ABT’s legacy through rehearsal footage, performances, and interviews with key figures from the company’s rich history.
The 2015–16 season of “Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema,” presented by Pathé Live and BY Experience, will show seven full-length ballets—three prerecorded (so the casts are known) and four shown live or on the day of performance—in some 450 spots across the United States and Canada, reports the New York Times ArtsBeat.
Ballet dancers have a tough life: so how about a softer, cuddlier look at the dance life, thanks to Instagram.
California’s Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley successfully overshot its do-or-die fundraising goal over the weekend by almost $100,000, reported the Contra Costa Times.
The Ballet Source is an online resource for teachers of ballet with students from age 3 through the high school years based on the “Ballet Arts for Young Children” curriculum written and developed by the late Ruth H. Brinkerhoff, former director of the Utah Ballet Academy.
“Ten Tiny Dances,” a Tacoma, Washington, dance event that raises funds for scholarships at Tacoma City Ballet, sets a challenge for choreographers and dancers: to fit expressive movement into short works on a 4-by-4-foot stage set squarely in the middle of an audience.
When Mary Carpenter started work at a small Repetto boutique in New York City in order to get a discount on dancewear, little did she know that that job would guide her to a flourishing career as a professional pointe shoe fitter and, most recently, producer of her own YouTube channel, DancewithmaryNYC, geared to “all things pointe shoes.”
A special lecture-demonstration at Pacific Northwest Ballet led by legendary choreographer William Forsythe will be streamed live tonight (Wednesday, March 11) on the eve of the first American program devoted entirely to his work.
It is 10am and classical music is playing in the Paraisopolis “favela,” the second-largest shantytown in São Paulo, Brazil. Twenty children have already been practicing for an hour under a stern ballet instructor. The dance class is, in fact, also an effort to fight crime.
It’s not often that the lead singer of a heavy metal band that Rolling Stone described as “too brutal for thrash” would provide the score for a ballet, but Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe is defying expectations by contributing music to a friend’s dance project.
Financially troubled Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley has to raise $550,000 by March 14 or face its possible swan song, reported the San Jose Mercury News.
David Hallberg, the American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, is injured and will not perform during the company’s Metropolitan Opera House season, reported the New York Times ArtsBeat.
Miami Ballet founder and former New York City Ballet principal Edward Villella is also an accomplished choreographer for ice skaters. One of his pieces, “The Three Smokers,” will be featured during ABC-TV’s Shall We Dance On Ice, airing March 7 at 4pm EST.
Frank La Mantia worked backstage for more than two decades at American Ballet Theatre, earning one promotion after another despite his famously hot temper. In the process, he became the head carpenter and the company became his home away from home, the place where he found some of his closest friends and his sense of identity. But today, La Mantia and ABT are at war, according to the New York Times. La Mantia has lost his job, and the bitter dispute over his firing has landed one of the city’s most acclaimed cultural institutions in court.
For successful finger turns, it’s important for the female partner to ronde de jambe her working leg a full 90 degrees, from devant to à la seconde, before pulling it back into a turned-out passé.
As pairs practice, have them work together to find equal opposing force between the female dancer’s supporting arm and the male dancer’s push-off arm.
There seemed to be an explosion of young men in knit caps and young women in leather pants watching as New York City Ballet recently performed a trio of Balanchine classics. In fact, according to the New York Times, the average age in the David H. Koch Theater seemed to have dropped by years, if not decades.
A website comparing dancers’ pay and conditions across the world has been launched to inform young dancers starting their careers, according to The Stage.
What do you get when you combine a driven, neoclassical choreographer with a business-savvy impresaria and an Irish feminist composer? You get the newly formed Ballet Evolution, a collective of artists led by choreographer Jonathan Tabbert, Chamber Music Charleston director Sandra Nikolajevs, and composer and performer Laura Ball.
Maria Caruso has made her mark on the Pittsburgh dance scene by telling other people’s stories through her medical-themed ballets performed by her company, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet.